Why should you invest in a sustainable raincoat?

Why should you invest in a sustainable raincoat?

Raincoats have long been a staple in the colder months. But can they really be eco friendly? Sustainable raincoats do exist: here’s where to find the perfect one.

Why should you invest in a sustainable raincoat?

The raincoat is one of the most typically British outerwear garments, the ultimate ally to accompany the most typically British climate. Whether it’s pouring rain or the gloomy sky is threatening a light drizzle, raincoats have been a staple in the colder months since forever. But is it possible to find a truly eco-friendly raincoat? Let’s have a deeper look. 


The original raincoat traces back to 1823 and was created when Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh patented a waterproof fabric in his name, which became synonymous with the raincoat ever since. Up to the turn of the nineteenth century, the majority of outerwear on the market could not repel water unless specifically treated with oil, something that before the introduction of synthetic materials was a regular process to keep outerwear waterproof. 


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What is the best fabric for raincoats?

The short answer is: nylon. Did you know that nylon was the first fabric made entirely in a lab? A synthetic material derived from petroleum, it first became available for military products around World War II. 

The issue is that the production of nylon is similar to that of polyester, with equally detrimental environmental consequences. Firstly, Nylon is made from oil, a non-renewable resource, in an energy-intensive process. Secondly, it sheds microplastic fibres that end up in waterways and oceans every time it is washed. Additionally, as it is not biodegradable, nylon will end up sitting in a landfill at the end of its product life cycle. And finally, Nylon manufacture also creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Pretty nasty. 

The good news is the fashion industry is undergoing a sea-change in terms of more sustainable production processes. A few pioneering brands in the raincoat space particularly have managed to incorporate more eco-friendly materials and processes into the production of their products whilst still retaining the garments' high-performance attributes. Recycled nylon could, it seems, be the holy grail of impermeables we have been waiting for. 


Recycled Nylon: Sustainable solutions for everyday problems


Recycled nylon is gaining its long-overdue momentum. It diverts waste from landfills, and compared to virgin nylon its production uses much fewer resources (including water, energy and fossil fuel). A large part of recycled nylon comes from plastic bottles and old fishing nets -  that’s what we call an ethically made winter coat. It often comes at a higher price point, but sustainable items are investment pieces: you’re putting money into timeless designs and a brighter future. So whether you’re looking for a sustainable trench coat or an eco-friendly raincoat, we got you covered. 

Our eco friendly outerwear brands

Maium 

eco friendly raincoat

 

At Maium, all materials are certified under GRS (Global Recycled Standard), OCS (Organic Content Standard) and OEKO-TEX(R) Standard 100 principles. Needless to say, their raincoats are made from recycled plastic. In addition to that, their polybags are biodegradable, and they use recycled, reused and reusable carton boxes. Even the lining and taping is made from recycled materials!


By the end of 2021, the Amsterdam label will recycle more than a million (you heard it right) plastic bottles into raincoats. Over the next 2 years, they expect to recycle 5 million plastic bottles each year. Production supply is seamlessly tailored to demand - the words  “overproduction” and “deadstock” are not in their dictionary. either is the word “sale”


Their Trench Coat has to be one of our favourites. It’s fully waterproof with welded seams and it’s made from 66 recycled PET bottles. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and 100% GRS and OEKO-TEX® certified. The classic yet modern design includes a hood, ventilation holes in the armpits and signature side zips for poncho function.


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 AEANCE

 

A New York Times favourite, AEANCE’s sustainable raincoats collection stands out for its signature minimalist aesthetics, technical performance, and strong sustainability ethos. They’re committed to creating garments with the least possible impact on the environment and have set up an impeccably designed supply chain focusing on sustainability and responsibility. Fabrics and materials comply with the strictest eco-standards such as bluesign®, OEKO-TEX®, GRS (Global Recycle Standard) and ZQ Merino.


Their Recycled Navy Waterproof Coat is an instant classic. The minimal tailored shape is paired with a stand-up collar and long length for windproof warmth. Its main fabric is a Monomaterial - made from recycled plastic bottles, PTFE-free waterproof membrane, bluesign® and OEKO-TEX® certified. 


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